PITTSBURGH -- Evgeni Malkin, the National Hockey League’s reigning Most Valuable Player, has been diagnosed with a concussion and will not accompany the Pittsburgh Penguins when they leave for a three-game road trip Monday afternoon.
Saying Malkin suffered some short-term memory loss in the aftermath of his collision with the boards during Friday's game, Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma said the two-time League scoring champion will not play in the team's next game at the Florida Panthers on Tuesday.
"He's feeling pretty good right now, so as we go forward in the next few days, standard protocol will be followed," Bylsma said after the Penguins' 5-3 victory against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday.
"After the hit in the previous game, Evgeni suffered some short-term memory loss and therefore was diagnosed with a concussion. He's had no other symptoms. He's feeling fine and his memory is returning."
Malkin has four goals and 17 assists in 18 games this season.
The Penguins, who have won five of their past six, also play at Carolina and Montreal later this week.